21 by Laura Sch
These days, we're feeling a little older, but much wiser—500px celebrated its second birthday this past Halloween. How time flies!
The initial idea for 500px grew from a small but engaged Livejournal community started in 2003. Back then, a width of 500 pixels was the optimal viewing size for photos. There weren't many resources out there at the time for finding great photography, so the community quickly became a haven for hundreds of photographers to see quality images, be inspired, create some of their own, and meet like-minded individuals along the way.
Every day, these photographers would upload their very best shots to a small, trusted team of editors. These editors would spend hours of their own free time curating amazing photos for display, always with the highest standards in mind. The community blossomed, and its co-founders knew they had to take 500px a step further than a Livejournal community.
With time, effort, a sense of what fellow photographers wanted, and many visits to the drawing board, 500px's current website was launched on Oct. 31, 2009. Since leaving the curation of great photos in the hands of the entire community, the quality of photos on the site and the enthusiasm of its photographers has only increased—a testament to the true love for photography that drives the site, and the high standards 500px users have set for themselves and their peers. Now the community of choice for many of the world's best images and image-makers, 500px continues to grow and get even better.
We'd like to thank all our users for being a part of this amazing ride. Where will we be when we turn 3 years old? Only time will tell.
New iPad App Features
The newest version of the 500px iPad app has been released, and we've made some great updates:
- New users can now sign up for 500px via the app
- Photo descriptions and EXIF data are available
- Search function is active
- By touching and holding any curated page (eg: Popular, Editors, Upcoming), photos can be viewed by genre
Don't have the app yet? Download it for free
and browse to your heart's content.
You may plan to sit down with the app for five minutes but end up spending hours...trust us, we know.